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Triday, August 8, 1952
It didn’t seem possible that the
same thing would happen to
Henry Laskau twice. At the 1948
Olympics the U. S. amateur
walking champion was rated a
good chance to win in this event.
But he was disqualified for not
walking according to rules. Bent
on making up for the disappoint
ment, he went to Helsinki this
year. Again he was disqualified.
The explanation was that he
failed to have one foot touching
the ground at all times. Just be
fore Laskau went to Helsinki he
gave a talk before the B’nai
B’rith Sports Lodge in New York
and discussed the problem of his
disqualification in 1948. He main
tained that the ruling was unjust
and that he had walked strictly
according to specifications. He
said that the judges were not ac
customed to his style.
Henry cited as an example the
Pan-American Games at Argen
tina. There, he said, he won the
title and was not disqualified
even though the judges were
generally stricter than the other
judges who tossed him out. He
vowed that before he took part
in the Olympic event again, he
would have a practice walk for
the officials to see whether he
was doing O. K. But Laskau’s
Olympic dreams went up in
smoke. It’ll be another four years
before a third chance comes up.
As reports from the Olympics
streamed across the sports desk
it became evident that Jewish
athletes from all parts of the
world were participating. While
it was practically impossible to
learn who all of them were,
several bits of information pro
vided an indication of the extent
to which Jewish stars were rep
resenting teams from the various
nations. Australia sent two track
stars, Raymond Weinberg, who
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runs the hurdles, and Morris Cur
otta, a runner. Boris Gurevich, on
the Soviet team, won a gold
medal for wrestling in the light
weight division. Britain entered
Pete Elliot, a diver, "and Allan
Jay was a member of the British
fencing team. Two members of
India’s water polo team were
Isaac Mansoor, who was the cap
tain of the Indian water polo
team at the last Maccabiah, and
David Sopher . . .
The headlines were telling us
about King Farouk getting boot
ed out of Egypt. At the Olympics
in Helsinki there was one Jewish
athlete who surely didn’t have
any tears to shed for the king
having to pack his trunks (204 by
press tallies) and get out. Zouzi
Harari, on the Egyptian Olympic
basketball team, remembers the
raw deal he got via Farouk in the
1948 Olympics. Then he was
chosen to be on the team, but an
order issued by the King barred
Jewish athletes from taking part. l
Harari is captain of the Maccabi
team of Cairo . . .
Henry Wittenberg, U. S. wrest
ler, lost for the second time in 14
years when he was defeated in
one of the Olympic wrestling
contests. After pinning Switzer
land’s Willy Lardon, Wittenberg
was downed in a decision by
Wiking Palm of Sweden. Henry,
who is a policeman in New York,
finally wound up taking second
place . . .
Chess star Herman Steiner
turned down a chance to go to
the Olympics as a U. S. repre
sentative. Steiner announced his
decision after he lost to Larry
Evans in the U. S. open cham
pionship. When first asked to go
to Helsinki, Steiner accepted ten
tatively, but then changed his
mind. The reason given was that
his terms had not been met. What
the terms consisted of was not
disclosed ...
Dick Savitt got back in the
winning column with his triumph
!in the Middle Atlantic grass
courts tennis championship.. Play
ing in Baltimore, he defeated
Straight Clark 9-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Earlier in the tournament, Savitt
and Fred Kovaleski, who were
teamed in the doublfes play, were
defeated by the Mexican team of
Gustavo Palafox. and Pancho
Puente ...
Looking toward the Maccabiah
that will be held in Israel next
year, one of the likely U. S.
swimming prospects is Phoebe
Rosen. She’s been a member of
the Women’s Swimming Associa
tion of New York ever since she
was seven and has won 105
medals and 13 trophies during the
course of her career. She special
izes in freestyle. Not only is
Phoebe Rosen a swimmer. She is
also a doctor interning in a hos
pital in Washington.
VIENNA, (JTA) There is
strong resentment in official cir
cles here against the State De
partment’s protest on the - Nazi
amnesty laws passed by the Au
strian Parliament, and the Amer
ican threat to veto the legislation
in the Allied Council.
It was learned here that high
officials of the People’s Party, the
major government. party, are
suggesting that Austria reject the
American protest. The Austrian
press is also hostile to the Ameri
can position. Both officials and
newspapers insist that the pur
pose of the legislation is only to
restore the “economic means of
existence” to persons whose only
crime was to have once occupied
“unimportant positions in the
Nazi Party.”
TEL AVIV, (JTA) lsrael is
interested in maintaining friend
ly relations with the United
States and is striving to broaden
the friendship between the two
countries, Foreign Minister
Moshe Sharett declared here last
week at a public meeting ar
ranged by the Mapai, Israel’s
Labor Party.
The tie between Israel and the
United States are the 5,000,000
American Jews who are free to
organize and maintain relations
with Jews in other countries, Mr.
Sharett said. “We call upon all
nations to allow their Jews the
freedom to maintain contact with
Israel,” he stated.
Referring to Jews who live in
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countries where Jewish activity
is not allowed, the Israel Foreign
Minister said that from a Jewish
point of view these Jews are
“strangled,” while in the U. S.
Jews are free to support Israel
as well as to provide funds for
their own community needs. He
stressed the importance for Jews
outside of IsFael to maintain a
link with Israel, emphasizing the
fact that this saved Jews from
annihilation and assimilation.
Speaking of immigration of
Jews from free democratic coun
tries to Israel, Mr. Sharett said
that such immigration was essen
tial for both Israel and the Jews
living in countries outside of the
Jewish state. “It will strengthen
the link between the two,” he
pointed out.
Mr. Sharett concluded his ad
dress hailing democracy which,
he said, is “most vital” for the
Jewish people. Without democ
racy, the Jewish people will as
similate, he declared, apparently
referring to the situation of Jews
in the countries behind the Iron
Curtain, where Jewish life is
gradually disappearing.
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